Prosecutor, DA, probation officials to meet on Abril DWI

Published 3:14 pm Friday, October 9, 2009

Senior Deputy Attorney General James Coman, who prosecuted former Polk sheriff Chris Abril&squo;s rape case last year for the state, says he plans to meet with the district attorney and probation officials to discuss Abril&squo;s recent driving while impaired arrest.

Abril was arrested late Tuesday night after being pulled over on S. Trade Street in Tryon near the S.C. state line on a traffic violation for crossing the center line, according to Polk County Sheriff&squo;s Office reports. Abril was also charged with possession of an open container. Abril&squo;s first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Polk County District Court.

Abril is currently on supervised probation after pleading guilty last year to two counts of solicitation to take indecent liberties with a minor, a felony. Abril was sentenced to two years in prison for the crimes, but the sentence was suspended with the completion of four months of house arrest and five years of probation, the first three being supervised.

If Abril is found guilty of driving while impaired, he will most likely face a probation violation, which could mean his sentence will be activated.

&dquo;I will be discussing the matter with (district attorney) Jeff Hunt and probation and parole and between the three of us we&squo;ll decide what action to take once the other matter is resolved,&dquo; Coman said.

During an interview with Coman shortly after Abril pled guilty last year, Coman expressed his disgust that Abril never showed remorse for the&bsp; crimes he admitted committing involving the young girls, who were 10 and 11 years old at the time the incidents occurred about 20 years ago.

Coman also said in his Bulletin interview last year that based on Abril&squo;s past Coman was not confident that Abril could live up to the conditions of his probation and that at some point Abril&squo;s sentence would be activated.

Abril&squo;s supervised probation includes drug and alcohol testing and random search clauses.